2011 Spring Review of Remote Casting
                                                                        (hunt tests & hunting)
          The process will begin with a review of literal casting basics using simple Wagon Wheels. Secondly, graph 
         casting setups will expand the literal concepts by adding terrain variations including distance. For a change
           of pace, Carol Cassity's Renegade (casting drill) will be re-visited. Eventually, Actual hunt test and hunting
           scenarios will be integrated into the regular training sessions. Quality assimilation takes time. In addition,
           teaching a dog to work comfortably from a remote position is necessary (marks and blinds).  Using a place
                            board or simply a mat (if the idea of place boards is too much) speeds up the process.
                The primary goal is to design training situations in preparation for advanced hunt tests. There have
                 been tests where the handler is remote. For example, handlers may be asked to remain behind a
               holding blind or at the line while their running dog is sitting in front of the blind or farther away. Prior
                exposure in training obviously will make this much easier.  In addition, there is a good chance some
                of our hunts next season with have a dog positioned farther away from layout blinds, blind or a boat. 
                      note: All four of my dogs are in transition maintenance, understand literal casting and have
                                     worked extensively in remote situations (with and without place boards)
                                     Therefore, many of the preliminary skills are in place.....thus the review.
                                   One other issue that needs to be resolved is a "remote" dog is NOT always
                                        sitting in a position where a square sit (facing the hander) is the norm. 
                                   The ultimate goal is to be able to send the dog on a non-verbal, literal cast. 
                                                      (My thinking may change on that last thought.)

                                   The timeline on the plan will revolve around visiting remote casting maybe
                                   once or twice a week in brief lessons. Training is balanced with many other
                                    drills, marking setups and running cold blinds. Eventually clarified, remote
                                  casting expectations will be gradually integrated into regular training setups. 
                                            I am retired...therefore training twice a day (once in awhile) and
                                                several days each week makes the process more seamless. 
               "Wagon Wheel"
                  (casting drill)
           10-15 yds in diameter
         "Double Renegade"
            by Carol Cassity
         "Single Renegade"
          (decoy variation
      "Gunny ready"
              "upclose double" 
              (blind variation
          "60 yards to dog"
     The drill can be varied
        i.e. two or four piles
   white or orange bumpers
  tightness to chair/stickmen
   how far apart the piles are
 distance from handler to dog
    teaching or maintenance
   smaller, round place board
    encourages "squarer" sit
 angles back casting drill
  variation (place board)
 dog is cast from a place
   board & returns to the
    line (left & right heel
  deliveries)) & then sent
  back to the place board
   for the next angle back
 (teach one side at a time)
                 graph casting"
         As with any drill,  
    teaching incrementally
      is the best approach.
    This means start simple,
      add "directions" and
     increase distances as
      the dog "catches on"
       (brief & fun is best)
    Casting Drills (link)
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                                  Wagon Wheel lining drills should be mastered before doing the casting drills. This
                                  imprints the "picture". The Zig-Zag lining drill does an even better job of providing
                                  a visual of the Wagon Wheel casting drill. The fact is drills done within the context
                                  of a well designed, sequential training program make "moving along" more seamless
                                  (easier for the dog and trainer).

                                  Here is a link to a YouTube video of Gunny doing his Zig-Zag lining drill. The angles
                                  are very similar to a Wagon Wheel casting drill. Therefore, the casting drill is
                                  "familiar" right from the start.
                                                            YouTube - Gunny's ZigZag Drill (link) 
                        updated 01/27/14